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MLB NOTEBOOK: Braves won't re-sign pitcher Moylan, slugger Conrad; Phillies ink ex-Marlins ace Willis; union chief says Braun drug-test facts will emerge in due time

Brooks Conard, center, won't be returning to the Braves next season after the club decided not to re-sign him Tuesday, and neither will relief pitcher Peter Moylan.

Brooks Conard, center, won't be returning to the Braves next season after the club decided not to re-sign him Tuesday, and neither will relief pitcher Peter Moylan.

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves are not offering a contract to right-hander Peter Moylan, who has been one of the team's top relievers the last six years.

The 31-year-old Moylan has appeared in 80 or more games in three of the last five seasons. He missed most of last season because of back surgery before needing another surgery for a torn rotator cuff and labrum.

Moylan is 19-9 with a 2.60 ERA in his career.

The Braves also declined to offer a contract to utility infielder and pinch-hitter Brooks Conrad on Tuesday. He hit .223 with four homers and 13 RBIs last season.

The Braves have four arbitration-eligible players on their 40-man roster: right-hander Jair Jurrjens, left-hander Eric O'Flaherty, left fielder and infielder Martin Prado and center fielder Michael Bourn.


MLB UNION CHIEFS CAUTIONS FANS TO WAIT FOR FACTS IN BRAUN CASE: Baseball's union head Michael Weiner said Tuesday that people should wait for all the facts before making conclusions about NL MVP Ryan Braun.

The Milwaukee Brewers' star tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance and is appealing to an arbitrator. The case is not likely to be determined until next month at the earliest. If the positive test is upheld, Braun would face a 50-game suspension as a first offender.

Weiner said in a statement Tuesday that the drug agreement is designed to protect a player from "a rush to judgment." He added that "fairness dictates that Ryan Braun be treated no differently."


PHILLIES HOP ON THE D-TRAIN: A person familiar with the deal says the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a one-year contract with lefty Dontrelle Willis.

The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Tuesday because the deal is pending a physical, says Willis will make about $1 million. The 30-year-old Willis was the 2003 NL Rookie of the Year with Florida and finished second in Cy Young Award voting in 2005. He was 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA for Cincinnati last year.

Willis is expected to pitch out of the bullpen for the Phillies, who've won five straight NL East titles. He's 72-69 with a 4.17 ERA in nine seasons with four teams. Willis has made just three relief appearances in 205 career games.